Did He Die?
Nope. I actually used the last three months to write my latest book, Dead Butterflies. This novel sprouted from the simple idea of a father posing as a psychologist in order to infiltrate his son’s murderer. I began writing this one about two years ago, and after a few chapters, I knew I wasn’t doing the storyline justice, so I put that project, like so many others, on the backburner.
I let the outline for Dead Butterflies form slowly over those two years. Characters developed. Unique scenes formed. Complications came out of nowhere. All from just sitting back and drawing inspiration from real life. After finishing The Memory Eater and taking a few months to promote and sell the anthology, I had a lot of creative energy stored up. It’s crazy what an actual break from writing can do for an author. I just completed my third cycle of this workout called Insanity, and I can see the comparisons to writing. You can push yourself through an exercise, even if you can’t catch your breath, and finish it half-ass, or you can take a break, or ten breaks, gather your energy, and come back at it full force, maximizing your efforts. Maximizing your results.
I write when I’m inspired, and I feel like that’s when I’m at the top of my game. I’m really excited about Dead Butterflies, because I know it’s my best work to date. I’m going to be entering a few competitions, and depending on the results, we’ll see whether it’s time to start celebrating, or time to start querying. Either way, I’ll detail the journey to my first novel publication here on this site. Also, be on the lookout for some tips I learned while writing my latest novel. I hope to have them up soon.
Here’s to smooth sailings! And here’s the pitch for Dead Butterflies my wife and I came up with:
Can a father piece together a family with an aging model, a prostitute and his son’s murderer?
Eight years after his son was brutally beaten to death and his subsequent divorce, Paul still longs for the family he lost. He tracks down the killer, Randal, who is fresh out of juvenile detention, to the slums of Detroit. There, Paul befriends Randal under false pretenses, and so begins his internal struggle between wanting revenge and a desire to move on with his life.
Getting involved with Randal, however, comes with baggage. Paul is introduced to Miss Tullip, a middle-aged, long-time pageant contestant still searching for her first victory. And then there’s Penny, a rough-around-the-edges woman working the streets for a living, looking for acceptance. These broken people are drawn together by seeing something beautiful in one another, and the group starts to develop a special bond.
If Paul is to carry out his initial plan of vengeance, he won’t only be bringing Randal down—he’ll also be destroying people who thought that maybe, just maybe, there was a reason to keep on living. But obstacles arise because of Paul’s inability to act, including the formation of an angry block watch, a terrorist attack, a murder-suicide, and a storage unit filled with millions of dollars.
Dead Butterflies is a 64,000 word page-turner which deals with the harsh realities of bullying as seen through the eyes of a father. It asks tough questions about what could have been done differently after a tragedy. Is there any resolve for a parent after they lose their child? And most importantly, can a victim ever forgive a killer for taking their loved one away?